Agency News

Columns in the Texas Veterinarian magazine written by Dr. Dee Ellis
(a publication of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association)

Animal Health News

Fever Ticks

Hunter Info
Maps: Fever Tick Infestation Map
  Fever Tick
Quarantine Area
Fever Tick Public
Service Areas (Interactive)
Current Infestations
(July 2015)

Cervid Health

Equine Health

Emergency Management

Avian Influenza (AI)

  • AI has not been discovered in Texas.
  • Since December 2014, the USDA has confirmed several cases of HPAI H5N2 and H5N8 in other states located in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections to be low. No human cases of these HPAI H5 viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.
  • The TAHC advises poultry owners to practice strong biosecurity and remain vigilant in examining the health of their birds. If your birds exhibit unusual death loss or signs of illness, or you observe large scale sickness and mortality of wild birds, call your private veterinarian or the TAHC immediately at 1-800-550-8242.
  • For more information, below are several useful AI resources.
  • Poultry Entry Requirements: Summary of Texas Poultry Entry Requirements
  • Biosecurity checklist: Biosecurity is Important
  • Brochure: Avian Influenza (AI)
  • Learn More: USDA Avian Influenza
  • Map and Chart: Current Avian Influenza Findings
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